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July 28, 2010



In a follow up to my first comment, one can understand and sympathisize with Mr. Douglass (a locally-renowned long-time activist, even though he isn't from Seattle) and his nebulous referrals to the bad guys, as those most powerful are often difficult to ascertain.

But to fully grasp who they are, a careful reading of Russ Baker's "Family of Secrets" -- and David Talbot's "Brothers: the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years" (a book which actually made me cry) -- and Mr. Douglass's "JFK and the Unspeakable" (an aptly titled book for those of us who remember JFK as our last beloved president) -- as well as Richard Parker's most brilliant and scholarly biography on the progressive economist, John Kenneth Galbraith, "John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics" (the three chapters dealing with Galbraith and the Kennedy Administration) -- AND Rudy Abramson's positively spun bio on Averell Harriman, "Spanning the Century: the Life of W. Averell Harriman" -- all will be revealed to this capable of rudimentary analytical thinking.

And the Mafia should be trivialized in their participation as, with traditional intel operations throughout the world, the local organized crime is routinely utilized for wet work, it is simply business as usual, their working at the behest of the powers-that-be.

Few recall that it was Kennedy who last attempted to kill the tax exemption given corporations who routinely offshore jobs. Few recall that it was JFK who stood up to the likes of GE and US Steel. Few recall it was JFK who spoke of raising the Financial Transaction Tax (created in 1914, doubled during the FDR administration with the Great Depression) and ended in 1966 by the Johnson Administration. Few recall it was JFK who first spoke of ending the Oil Depletion Allowance, which came into being in 1912 along with the Federal Income Tax and the Federal Reserve System. Few recall the positive and progressive things undertaken by our last authentic democratic president, John F. Kennedy.

Today we are bombarded with unending propaganda, a la the "Edward Bernays model" -- via Fox(tard), CNN, NPR et al.

Prefinanced books are written to trivialize the intel agencies and misrepresent their purpose in gathering financial intel for their own purposes, along with damning information against their opponents.

A case in point: Eamon Javers, also of the Washington Post, trivializes the CIA with miniscule moonlighting while completely ignoring the utter privatization of the American intel community.

Yet on the bottom of p. 191 to the top of p. 192 ("Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy") he inadvertently drops a bombshell, mentioning how the top fourth or fifth guy at D.O.D., Jeffrey Starr, is on loan to Goldman Sachs as an employee.

Beware the insidious propaganda -- it never stops. On This American Life, where propaganda spews forth with great regularity, it was mentioned recently by a Georgian old-time reporter of having met a woman who served in the Marine Corps the same time as Lee Harvey Oswald, and he claimed she said that one day while qualifying at the rifle range, she saw Oswald (who scored the lowest in his service at rifle marksmanship, and this has been vouched for many times over) score bulls-eye after bulls-eye.

Problem? Women weren't allowed to qualify for the rifle in the USMC until many years later; certainly not back in the '50s.

Beware the Misdirectors, for there are rampant.

It never stops.....


Douglass's research, especially the stuff on the altered depositions, is quite good.

Of course, when one takes into account the other books in this category, David Talbot's "Brothers" as well as Russ Baker's "Family of Secrets" -- it becomes obvious that there exists a sort of Financial Intelligence Complex -- one tier above the military-industrial-complex -- which is calling the shots.

Originating in the time frame of WWII, when the Wall Streeters created the American intelligence establishment, it is now a fairly seamless situation with the privatizing the the intelligence community.

The recent Special Inspector General's report on Iraqi Reconstruction, once more brings into the limelight the suspicious events surrounding the "suicide" (or rather bizarre murder) of Philip Merrill, the former CIA (under State Dept. cover) man, who then became a multi-millionaire, or billionaire, publisher of "The Washington Monthly" -- who was appointed by Cheney to head the Export-Import Bank when funds were transferred from the Iraqi treasury to the NY Fed.

Please don't be befuddled by the WaPo's reframing of the privatization of the American intel establishment. It has been going on for quite some time....

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